MACON — Macon Speedway will honor Central Illinois firemen on Saturday with the Fireman's Ball.
The annual event allows firemen $5 tickets if they show their badge or proper fireman ID.
They'll be treated to a full night of racing, with five divisions — the Pro Late Models, Modifieds, B-Mods, Street Stocks and Hornets — all taking the track.
The Macon Speedway points standings in all five divisions have a clear leader, but the rest of the pack still has time to reel them in.
Springfield’s Guy Taylor leads the Pro Late Model division by 54 points over second-place Jake Little, also of Springfield. Each driver has claimed three feature wins in the class this season, and each has only finished out of the top five spots once. Cody Maguire, Dakota Ewing, and Kyle VanDorn round out the top five in standings.
In Modifieds, last year’s Pro Late Models champion, Tommy Sheppard of New Berlin, leads by more than 100 points in the class thanks to two wins and seven top-five finishes. Argenta’s Danny Smith is second in the points, while Curt Rhodes, Zach Rhodes and Tim Hancock are top-five contenders.
Godfrey driver Cody Stillwell has now built a 34-point edge on Jerry Thompson in the B-Mod class. Stillwell has twice tasted victory and has eight top fives in 10 starts. Kevin Crowder is third, while Tom Riech and Tim Riech are fourth and fifth.
Shawn Ziemer, of Boody, has set out to claim a division championship for the second year in-a-row in the Street Stocks. He leads by 86 over Justin Crowell, of Lincoln. Jerit Murphy, who came very close to a feature win a couple weeks ago, is third, while Terry Reed and Larry Russell round out the top five.
In the Hornet class, Springfield's Mike Eskew leads the standings by 86 over Steve Stine. Eskew has claimed one feature win this season and has nine top fives in 10 starts. Jeremy Reed leads the division with five wins and sits third in points, while Marty Sullivan and Matt Reed are in the top five.
In addition to the racing, the Shaner’s of Decatur Tire Challenge will return at intermission. Three lucky fans will get the opportunity to win the tire challenge and go into a drawing for a free set of tires from Shaner’s. Fans can sign up at the souvenir stand for their chance to participate.
Babb taking break
Moweaqua DIRTcar Summer Nationals driver Shannon Babb announced Tuesdeay he's taking a short break from the track after a recent rash of mechanical malfunctions.
A post on the Shannon Babb Racing Facebook page read:
"We have made the decision to stay home, re-group and get everything ready for the next few weeks of big races! This Summernationals has been full of ups & downs, but we have enjoyed running as much as we have been able to!"
The Summer Nationals season began on June 13 and Babb won five of the first nine races to shoot up to first in the standings. But he didn't post any wins in his next 10 races.
His problems started on June 30 in Pevely, Mo., where he led much of the feature before losing a tire and finishing 18th. He had another flat tire on July 3 in Clarkesville, Ten., then his right side of his car and the suspension were damaged on July 4 in Brownstown.
Babb was running in the top five at the Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway before a broken axle took him out. A flat tire and broken axle were also the culprits at Farmer City and Quincy, respectively. He was coming off second-place finishes in two of his last three races before announcing the break.